Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book News, Wishlist, 50 Shades of Grey RANT

Hello my peachy readers!

It's Thursday and  I have some BOOK NEWS for you all today as well as a small list of books that I can't wait to pick up!

There's even a small bit of a RANT about "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its ban from some libraries across the country. Yikes! *brews some more coffee for this one*

A Bit of Book News

First off let's get some book news rolling: 

ROWLINGS NEW BOOK: Here's some more information for J.K. Rowlings new adult fiction "The Casual Vacancy" which is apparently going to be pretty dark.  Have a read and keep up on it!

Fifty Shades of Grey MOVIE?: Well, that's going to be interesting.

HARRY POTTER ON KINDLE: Starting June 9 Amazon Prime members will be able to borrow all 7 of the Harry Potter books to read on their Kindle.

BEST SELLERS LIST UPDATE: Here you go guys. Happy at least that Deadlocked made it to #5!

Wish List!
There are quite a few books that I can't wait to get my hands on, but I'm trying my best to read what I have before I go out and grab up a bunch more. I'm already a little on overload! I need another bookshelf. Oi!

Anyway the following is a short list of some of the books that I'm looking forward to: 
The Wizard of Time
It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy
Russian Winter
The Witch's Daughter
The Winter Sea

Now. Be prepared for...


"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L James was banned by libraries in 3 states. Reasons cited were "Poor Reviews", "Poor Writing", and "Library's Higher Standards".

Read the Huffington Post coverage HERE.

I wasn't sure at first where I was going to fall on my opinion here, but after some thought I think I would be leaning more towards the "LIBRARY CENSORSHIP?!" side of the fence.

I don't like books like "Fifty Shades of Grey" and I would never pick this book up for myself based off its content and plot. I'm personally not interested in any type of poorly written, graphically racy fan fiction about BDSM.

While that is certainly not my cup of tea I shouldn't have say-so in who gets to read it. My belief in that regard extends out into the library systems. If there is a demand for a book and the library can afford it the library should acquiesce to their patrons requests and supply the book. If a library is really THAT concerned with what people are going to be able to get their hands on then they can mark the book as "restricted" and only allow adult patrons access to it.

It's an adult book, so I absolutely agree that it's a problem if younger readers get their hands on it. But, as I stated above, there are ways to keep this book from falling into the hands of someone who might not yet be able to properly process its content, if that is indeed the major concern.

One library cited that based on the books "poor reviews" it didn't meet the Libraries criteria for new books.

PIGWASH! (Excuse my southern rage). When there are 650 patrons ASKING for the book and a library still says "No. It got poor reviews" then there's something else going on there. A library should be supplying books that its patrons will want to read or will need to read (academically speaking) and if numerous patrons WANT to read a book then I don't see why a library wouldn't be hop skip and jumping it to make the book available to them.

The librarian who turned her/his nose up at this book and decided that it wasn't appropriate for their readers made a seriously judgmental decision that did not leave a positive reflection of the establishment they represent.

If we're going to leave books out because of their poor reviews or writing style then how the HECK did books like "Twilight" and "Fallen" get into the library?

Censorship is definitely being incorporated here and for no reason other than a few people's opinions about the content.  I don't enjoy books like this, I don't read them, and I find them to be a bit of a stain on the fabric of "Romance" literature but I think that everyone has a right to read what they want to read and if there's big enough demand then the PUBLIC library should supply regardless of what their personal opinions are on the book they're providing.

Anyway. Conclusion:

Horribly written plot void erotica book that stole from previously written fanfiction + People Want it = Library should supply anyway.

I know that sounds wrong but that's how it's got to work if we're to keep censorship from getting its foot in the door for takeover.

It's not up to the library to decide what we should and shouldn't read. It's up to the reader to have a good enough idea of what's crap and what isn't. If the reader decides it isn't crap then no one should be able to say they can't read it.

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Auggie-Talk's 2012 Heavenly Challenge

Prizes? YES!
To join the challenge and view the prizes, rules, and book lists click here.


The Giveaway is for a SIGNED COPY of "Letters From the Ledge" by Lynda Meyers. There are also signed posters and bookmarks that will be given away to the winner and the runners up!
Ends July 4th
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Well dearlings! That's all for this Thursday.

See you tomorrow for "FEATURED FRIDAY" where we'll do some catchup on who this months featured author is.

Until Next Blog,



  1. Another author, Frank Nappi, recently posted on his blog saying similar things about censorship. I personally hadn't heard about '50 shades' until a few weeks ago. I had a 'first look' on Amazon and well, it's OK but I found it stilted. I'm wondering if to buy a copy and actually read it - can't go criticizing what I haven't read properly eh? I did however love one person's review: - hilirious!

  2. Hi, Auggie, I haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey and I have no intention to read it, but I'm appalled to read that it has been banned from libraries. Then again, if I remember correctly, Harry Potter was banned too.

  3. They all look so good. I like THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER and THE WINTER SEA. Will need to check them out.

    Stopping by for a look around.



    Silver's Reviews

  4. After reading this post I have a lot more books I will be adding to my every growing TBR list. The covers of all of these books look awesome!!!

    I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey yet, but I think it should not be banned from library. If people want to read the book- they should be able to borrow it from the library. Libraries banning it will most likely cause more people to want to read it- and the sales for the book will probably go up! :)


  5. I do not like Fifty Shades, I don't like where it came from or how it is written but it shouldn'tt be banned from libraries.

    Anyway...I found your blog over on BookBlogs, love the blog and I followed!! I would love it if you could check out my book blog to. Thanks, kate

  6. Great book post - I totally agree with your 'rant' too, I don't think any book that's in demand should be banned. Some people are only able to get their books from libraries, so it seems a little unfair.

    New to your blog,
    Steph @ Stepping Out of the Page